an early finish today prompted a visit to the former colliery site at manton and the sidings at manton wood
after parking the car in manton pit wood park trying to look like an afternoon stroller and not an urban explorer a circuitous walk through manton pit wood was required to reach my goal and avoid the security cameras in the car park.
after much huffing and puffing uphill through the trees i gained the main path about half wayup the pit tip another path led me around the side and down to the old trackbed when i discovered a flatter way and the tree cover was enough to hide what i was up to.
climbing down the bank with a few choice oaths i gained the old trackbed of the former manton colliery.
opened in 1898 manton was a 3 shaft colliery fully operational in 1907 in 1947 it was part of south yorkshire area not nottinghamshire
closing in febuary 1994 manton was the 29th pit to close and the 8th pit in bassetlaw .
the majority of mantons coal went to the CEGB power station at cottham but after the privatisation of of the electricity industry in 1990 and the dash for gas led to the pits demise.
today the site is now owned by diy giant B&Q some bits of track still exsist as far as the other side of the retford road bridge
the bridge itself is now fenced off as a dangerous structure and will possibly be removed at some point for scrap severing forever the former track into manton colliery i dont think that B&Q are really intrested in products being shipped in or out by train as the bridge over retford road would possibly have to be replaced ruling out trains ever running again at this location on cost grounds.
the sidings at manton wood are still extant but see little use apart from the monday to saturday 17.35 east midlands trains service from nottingham which stables then runs round here to allow the northern rail sheffield to lincoln and lincoln to sheffield services to pass and use the platforms at worksop.
58029 prepares to leave manton colliery with a coal train to cottham power station the cripple wagon on the left awaits attention
the same scene today looking towards manton colliery sees only bright orange B&Q trailers parked up awaiting loading for another journey
sleepers and ballast litter the former trackbed near manton colliery
two views of the former railway bridge that used to connect manton colliery to the main line along with its bridge board
i doubt the safety of trains would be affected seeing as a train hasnt crossed this bridge for 24 years
a security fence and padlocked gate declare retford road bridge an unsafe structure
the rails end at a mound of ballast behind the camera
the single to double track points still in place
having done the batman routine (above) and ducked around the security fencing a small section being available here is the bridge decking with the track still in place not having seen a train for 24 years
the bridge from the other side batman time again !!!
the bridge from the main line end shows the track still connected
but covered by a mound of ballast
a rusty rail in the undergrowth
beyond the trees a rusty rail in the grass continues towards the main line
with another ballast pile just short of the main line
continuing beyond the ballast the rail has either sank or collapsed at this point
dolly signal wp270 protects the main line from phantom coal trains
A 2 ..2car set passes manton wood signal box heading for sheffield possibly from cleethorpes via gainsborough the colliery access tracks in the foreground of the hut and the rear of the DMU.
now overgrown and unused looking towards retford
apart from the monday to saturday east midland trains 17.35 from nottingham which stables here then runs round to allow 2 northern services to pass...looking towards worksop
and the occasional network rail train the signal box was where the boxes are now on the bankside the former manton colliery line turns right here the sheffield to lincoln main line is on the left
and finally the network rail access board
it was actually a last minute decision to visit this explore.
en route home from doing the manton colliery explore i passed the fomer pumping station at bracebridge with a shall i or sha,nt i so a quick turn round of the car
i squeezed in behind some twat in a skoda who thought it a very good idea to park across the entrance who then decided to move and the explore was on.
Built in 1881 Bracebridge Pumping Station was part of Worksop's new sewage system. It used two steam-driven beam engines (together with a travelling crane) to pump the sewage to the effluent processing facility. The engine was coal-fired, with the coal being brought in from nearby Shireoaks Colliery by boat via the Chesterfield Canal. Like many Victorian pumping stations it was built with no little style, designed in an Italian Romanesque style including ornate cast-iron columns and a spiral staircase. Apparently these remain inside (the columns are most definitely visible on external view).
Now Grade II Listed, the building along with 1.33 acres of land is currently bricked yp to prevent access so sorry no interior shots
the old pumping station has been like this since it was refurbished many years ago there was talk of turning it into an attraction but nothing has happened yet and possibly wont do for the forseeable future
the old pumping station viewed from high hoe road
the old beds still filled with water
one of the victorian columns can still be seen through the windowless building
rising upwards towards the ornate chimney
a closer view of the ornate victorian columns
the base of the chimney from the back of the pumping house
the rear of the pumphouse
the rear of the pumphouse and chimney
the middle of the chimney with the lightning conductor on the right
the top of the chimney and the lightning conductor
someone had gained access inside by a rope tied to one of the windows but feeling a bit cream crackered i didnt fancy the tarzan routine so i didnt bother
hi having finished a job fairly nearby it was time to do another one on my to do list that being clarborough railway tunnel.
clarborough tunnel was built in 1850 and lies just over 2 miles from retford in nottinghamshire on the branch line of the sheffield to lincoln line
which sees an hourly service between the 2 cities and occasional freight trains and is a site of special scientific intrest and houses clarborough nature reserve on top of the tunnel.
proposed in 1844 and completed in 1850 by the manchester sheffield and lincoln railway ( MSLR) continues to trent junction where it joins the great northern and great eastern joint railway ( GN&GEJR) from doncaster and continues eastwards to cleethorpes via brigg and in a southerly direction to lincoln where it rejoins the east coast main line south of peterborough there was also a junction at clarborough which ran via torksey to sykes junction continuing on to lincoln and cleethorpes via market rasen this closed in 1959 but reopened in 1967 as far cottham to serve the power station all other freight traveling via gainsborough lea road .
now a word of warning to would be explorers..... exploring live railway tunnels is not something to be approached lightly unlike dead tunnels they still have frequent trains running through them most are tucked out of the way and may be difficult to access but the main considerations are safety first dont do anything which would put yourself in danger and always be constantly on the look out for trains and most of all ensure you are not seen as nowadays they delay trains which incurs fines for the operator so BTP will not be sympathetic if you get caught and you may find yourself in front of the magistrate.
that said clarborough tunnel is accessed fom church lane following the road for around a mile untill i found the line at cherry holt crossing on whinleys road a continuation of church lane my goal clarborough tunnel was around a quarter mile further on but not fancying playing dodge the train i parked the car at the locked crossing gates and set off on foot uphill again to find a way to the tunnel.
passing cherry holt farm i attracted the attention of a rather loud doberman dog who proceded to follow me up the farmers field barking loudly being glad there was a large fence between myself and it walked in to the wood and nature reserve.
following the main path through the wood i gained the nature reserve and found the ventilation shaft for the tunnel continuing on the right hand path found myself at the top of the east portal of clarborough tunnel.
the next qustion was how to get down to it with a very steep bank and bushes after much probing found a gap and had to slide down the steep bank on my arse using my boots and grass as a brake eventually reaching the bottom and ensuring nothing was lurking walked towards the tunnel.
an aproaching train caused me to take cover behind a retaining wall after which i spent around 20 mins photographing and deciding the best way out.
not really fancying a 650 yard walk through the tunnel then a quarter mile to the crossing and not having a timetable it had to be the same way i got in but this time up the side of the tunnel bank and across the tunnel top and after much climbing got over the fence and rolled myself a fag while i regained my composure returning back through the reserve picked up a big stick lest my 4 legged friend should be around and find a way through the fence at least i,d got something to brain it with.
there was no sign of the dog and thought it had gone in for its tea untill a large shape rounded the corner barking furiously yes my friend was back and continued to follow me down the field to much barking.
leaving my walking stick at the crossing for someone else to use managed to grab a couple of train pictures to add to my report and another explore crossed off the list.
cherry holt crossing the adventure starts here....
clarborough tunnel in the distance the signs warn engineers they are entering a site of scientific intrest and must obtain special permission to work here.
the crossing access board
clarborough tunnel ventilation shaft
looking down from the top of the tunnel
looking towards lincoln i came down the steep bank on my arse on the left
first view of clarborough tunnel,s east portal from the embankment
trackside safety first from here on in
lantern repeater signal TN 835 (thrumpton) stands guard in the clear position at the tunnel portal
clarboroughs tunnel board
some nice beams in the tunnel roof that extend right through the tunnel which can be seen as they disapear into the darkness
a tunnel marker
looking outside the tunnel is quite wet in places
a brick reccess and signal cable
my reccess was cut in with a steel lintel above it
blast on the roof from its steam days
climbing back up the bank
the top capping stones and brickwork
a broken drain pipe
looking down the banking at the track
as a northern railbus scoots into the tunnel
another view of the capping stones
clarborough nature reserve is right on top of clarborough tunnel and extends the full length of the tunnel
back at the crossing as 66740 and 017 top and tail a coal train from cottham power staion out of the tunnel
came across these on my way back up church lane think they are something to do with the fun day ...beautifull babs windsor
wallace and grommit
love this one british strawberries and cream